|Full name||Adrien Sébastien Perruchet da Silva|
|Date of birth||15 March 1989|
|Place of birth||Angoulême, France|
|Height||1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Central midfielder|
|2010||→ Maccabi Haifa (loan)||6||(0)|
|2011–2012||→ Académica (loan)||34||(5)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 May 2018|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 June 2018
Adrien Sébastien Perruchet da Silva (born 15 March 1989), known as Adrien Silva, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for English club Leicester City and the Portugal national team as a central midfielder.
He played mostly for Sporting since making his first-team debut at the age of 18, and was loaned to Maccabi Haifa and Académica, winning the Taça de Portugal with the latter in addition to the same honour at Sporting; with his main club, he appeared in 237 competitive games and scored 39 goals.
Known for his dribbling and passing qualities, Silva earned 46 caps for Portugal all youth categories comprised, including 13 for the under-21 team. He made his senior debut in 2014, and has been chosen to represent the nation at the 2018 World Cup he appeared at Euro 2016, winning the latter tournament.
Silva was born in Angoulême, Poitou-Charentes, France, to a Portuguese father and a French mother. He began his football career at the age of 10 with FC Girondins de Bordeaux, but after one year there his father, who worked in aeronautics, returned to Portugal and the family settled in Arcos de Valdevez, and he spent two seasons with local Associação Recreativa e Cultural de Paçô who eventually came to host a tournament in his honour called Torneio A.R.C.Paçô–Adrien Silva (English: A.R.C.Paçô–Adrien Silva Tournament), held every June.
In his six-year stint in Sporting CP's academy, Silva won seven total titles, which consisted of four national championships and three regional ones. At the age of 15 he, along with Portuguese under-16 teammates Ricardo Fernandes and Fábio Ferreira, was scouted by Chelsea, with the three players later travelling to London and training at the English club's facilities; however, the approach was eventually called off after Sporting filed a complaint with FIFA in January 2005, but Fernandes and Ferreira eventually did sign.
In March 2007, Silva signed his first professional contract, agreeing to a five-year deal with Sporting. In July, after spending the final two months of the season playing with the reserve team, he was officially promoted to the main squad by manager Paulo Bento ahead of the upcoming campaign. He made his Primeira Liga debut on 17 August, appearing as a late substitute in a 4–1 home win against Académica de Coimbra; on 12 December, after appearing as an unused substitute in several league and European matches, he simultaneously made his first professional start and UEFA Champions League debut in a 3–0 victory over FC Dynamo Kyiv. Four days later he made his first start in the league, in a 2–1 win at C.S. Marítimo.
Silva featured in both legs of Sporting's round-of-32 success against Bolton Wanderers in the 2007–08 UEFA Cup. On 16 April he started in the 5–3 victory over Benfica in the semi-finals of the Taça de Portugal, being replaced after only 35 minutes in what was ultimately the final of his 15 official appearances of the season.
Similar to his first year, Silva struggled for minutes in 2008–09. He played his first match on 22 November 2008 in a 1–0 league win over Associação Naval 1º de Maio (16 minutes from the bench). He made his first start in a 3–0 home success against Marítimo in the Taça da Liga, and he also made Bento's starting XI three months later in the Lions' 1–7 defeat to FC Bayern Munich for the Champions League's last-16 second leg; he made 19 appearances all competitions comprised, notably playing the full 90 minutes in home wins against C.F. Estrela da Amadora and C.D. Nacional.
Silva made his official debut in 2009–10 in a UEFA Europa League group stage match against Germany's Hertha BSC, where he scored his first career goal netting the match-winner in a 1–0 win, and where he also was sent off after collecting a second yellow card in injury time. On 28 November 2009, in the Lisbon derby, which ended 0–0, he made headlines in the Portuguese media after it was reported that he had covered the most distance by any Sporting player in the match, having traveled over 10,049 metres (6.244 mi)– his performance leading coach Carlos Carvalhal to start him in 13 of the team's next 15 matches but he eventually fell out of favour, as Sporting went on to rank in only fourth position with 48 points, the club's worst amount of point accumulation since the 1992–93 campaign.
On 27 June 2010, it was announced that Silva would be joining Israeli side Maccabi Haifa F.C. on a season-long loan deal. The move was facilitated by the player's agent Pini Zahavi, based in Tel Aviv. He made his debut for his new team on 29 July, in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round tie against FC Dinamo Minsk; he was rarely played in the Israeli Premier League, but was a regular in the campaign in the Toto Cup.
In January 2011, it was reported that Silva was considering going back to Portugal to regain match fitness. On the 16th, he spoke of his desire by telling daily sports newspaper A Bola: "Returning to Portugal is an option that I like a lot since I can be followed more closely. In Israel, I don't have great visibility"; three days later, the six-month loan was confirmed.
Silva found the net in his first appearance with the Students, who were however defeated 1–2 away against S.C. Olhanense. He again was used rarely, but now due to injury problems – he fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in a game with U.D. Leiria in March, which sidelined for the rest of the season.
On 5 July 2011, Sporting and Académica extended the loan move for a further campaign. On 26 September, completely recovered from his physical condition, Silva scored his first career brace in a 4–0 home win against C.D. Feirense; on 19 November, in the fourth round of the Portuguese Cup, he netted his team's second in a 3–0 shock triumph over Porto, adding another double in the next round against Leixões SC (5–2, extra time) and going on to play the full 90 minutes in the final against Sporting, a 1–0 success which saw the Coimbra side lift its first domestic cup in 73 years.
On 28 November 2013, Silva was awarded with Sporting's Player of the Year award. He scored a career-best ten competitive goals in the 2014–15 season, while also helping the team reach and win the decisive match of the Portuguese Cup.
On 31 August 2017, Sporting agreed a £22 million fee for Silva to move to Leicester City, pending international clearance. Because the documents relating to his transfer did not reach FIFA until 14 seconds after the deadline, he remained ineligible to play for the club until the next transfer window. In an interview with The Guardian in March 2018, Silva said it was "a very poor decision" by FIFA to uphold his ban despite appeals.
He was officially registered on 1 January 2018, and made his debut that same day as a late substitute in a 3–0 win at home to Huddersfield Town in the Premier League; he was given the number 14 jersey, due to his transfer ordeal.
Though born in France, Silva elected to play for Portugal, going on to represent the nation at every youth level: with the under-16s he appeared at the Tournoi du Val-de-Marne (English: Val-de-Marne Tournament), featuring in all three group stage matches – however, after he was found to have done unauthorized training with Chelsea, he was suspended by the Portuguese Football Federation. He played with the under-17 team as they attempted to qualify for the 2007 UEFA European Championship, being a regular as the side eventually fell short in the elite round.
On 30 January 2007, the Portuguese Federation announced that Silva would be participating in the 2007 Meridian Cup (for under-18 players) as the country's only representative, and he declared that he was "very proud to represent Portugal in a European selection". However, prior to the start of the competition, he suffered an injury and was replaced by compatriot Romeu Ribeiro.
With the Portuguese under-19s, due to his increased participation with Sporting's first team, Silva was limited to only seven appearances. He scored his first goal in the category on 6 November 2007, in the first round of the qualification for the 2008 European Championship against the Republic of Ireland; in spite of a 2–1 victory, the former failed to progress past the elite stages.
On 5 February 2009, Silva earned his first call up to the under-21 team under coach Rui Caçador, for a friendly match with Switzerland that was played five days later. He started and played 78 minutes, before being substituted in a 3–1 win. He was a regular participant in the qualification campaign for the 2011 European Championships, appearing in five out of nine group stage matches and scoring in a 1–1 draw with Macedonia.
Silva was called up by new Portugal coach Fernando Santos for a friendly in France on 11 October 2014, but did not play in the 1–2 defeat. He made his debut in another exhibition game, replacing André Gomes midway through the second half of a 1–0 win over Argentina at Old Trafford on 18 November.
Silva was selected for the UEFA Euro 2016 squad. His first game in the tournament took place on 25 June, when he played the full 120 minutes in the round-of-16 clash against Croatia (1–0 win after extra time).
Having also been picked for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, Silva contributed with four appearances for the third-placed team. He scored his first goal for his country on 2 July, netting a 104th-minute penalty to help defeat Mexico 2–1 in the third place play-off.
|Club||Season||League||Cup[nb 1]||Europe||Other[nb 2]||Total|
|Maccabi Haifa (loan)||2010–11||Ligat HaAl||6||0||0||0||2||0||—||8||0|
|Académica (loan)||2010–11||Primeira Liga||6||1||2||0||—||0||0||8||1|
|Leicester City||2017–18||Premier League||12||0||3||0||—||0||0||15||0|
- As of 30 June 2018
- As of 2 July 2017. Score column indicates score after each Silva goal, Portugal score listed first.
|1||2 July 2017||Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow, Russia||Mexico||2–1||2–1 (a.e.t.)||2017 FIFA Confederations Cup|
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